In 1944, Laird Cregar played Jack the Ripper in The Lodger, giving one of the most haunting performances in Hollywood history. It was the climax of a strange celebrity that saw the young American actor -- who stood 6" 3" and weighed more than 300 pounds -- earn distinction as a portrayer of psychopaths and villains.
Determined to break free of this typecasting, he desperately desired to become "a beautiful man," embarking on an extreme diet that killed him at 31.
This first biography of Cregar tells the heartbreaking story of the brilliant but doomed actor. Appendices cover his film, theatre, and radio work. Many never before published photographs are included.
Copyright 2018 by Gregory William Mank, Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards winner. This is the 2019 reprint soft cover edition. 329 pages.
Collectors Note: Brand-new and never circulated. Received directly from the publisher. Soft cover.